un·​even | \ˌən-ˈē-vən \

Definition of uneven 

1a archaic : unequal sense 1a

b : odd sense 3a

2a : not even : not level or smooth : rugged, ragged large uneven teeth uneven handwriting

b : varying from the straight or parallel

c : not uniform : irregular uneven combustion

d : varying in quality an uneven performance

3 : unequal sense 3a an uneven confrontation

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Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb
unevenness \ˌən-​ˈē-​və(n)-​nəs \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for uneven

rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of uneven in a Sentence

His breathing was shallow and uneven. You should check your car's tires often for signs of uneven wear. an uneven distribution of wealth We have an uneven number of players, so we'll have to rotate.
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That effort got mixed reviews for its uneven performance and rapidly rotating personnel in West Africa, but perhaps the UN could take another run at creating such a response unit. Ron Klain, Vox, "A pandemic killing tens of millions of people is a real possibility — and we are not prepared for it," 15 Oct. 2018 These external factors inhibit collagen production, resulting in more fine lines and wrinkles, and give rise to the appearance of sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone and texture, explains Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "4 Skin-Care Ingredients That Simultaneously Treat Acne and Signs of Aging," 31 Oct. 2018 Murdock wasn’t the only one who needed to do some soul-searching after Daredevil’s uneven second season and The Defenders not quite living up to its hype. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 Their place in the standings ahead of Seattle has been earned, not bequeathed because of the Mariners’ uneven play. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners rally late, but A’s had already built too big of a lead to win 7-6," 13 Aug. 2018 National League Rookie of the Year and 2015 National League MVP, has had an uneven season and the Nationals sat at .500 entering the All-Star break after making four playoff appearances in the previous six years. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby in home park," 16 July 2018 In the wake of his uneven play in Oklahoma City after a trade a year ago from the New York Knicks, Anthony is looking to re-establish his value as an All-Star-level forward. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Carmelo Anthony as a Heat option grows as a possibility," 10 July 2018 Despite all the handwringing in Chicago over the Cubs uneven play, highlighted by a four-game sweep at the hands of the Reds in Cincinnati, the two-time defending NL Central champs are 42–33, two games shy of the Brewers in the division. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Red Sox-Yankees Returns; Nolan Arenado's Continued Brilliance," 25 June 2018 Happily, the show’s cast is still irresistible in its uneven second season, which arrives on Netflix on June 29 and opens as the wrestlers and their crew prepare to go into production. Judy Berman, Time, "Glow Fades But Stays Fun in Its Second Season," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of uneven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of uneven

: not level, flat, or smooth

: not straight or parallel

: not following a regular pattern : not the same in all parts or at all times


un·​even | \ˌən-ˈē-vən \

Kids Definition of uneven

1 : odd sense 3 uneven numbers

2 : not level, straight, or smooth an uneven surface

3 : irregular sense 4 uneven breathing

4 : varying in quality an uneven performance

5 : unequal sense 2 an uneven competition

Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb The board was cut unevenly.
unevenness noun

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